As we near the most incredible time of the year, it’s hard to ignore that it’s also one of the busiest. From Lake Louise to the ski hills in Jasper, there are a few pretty incredible sights to see during the colder months, but we believe they should be broken up with a few quieter trips where you can also give that special someone, or your family your undivided attention. This chilly season, why not check out one of these hidden winter gems in Alberta and experience the best of the province away from all the noise.

MOUNT ENGADINE LODGE 

 

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Located just south of Canmore, this secret getaway should be at the top of your list this season. Serving afternoon tea, stunning views, and cozy mountain amenities like fire pits and in-room fireplaces – Engadine is an absolute dream destination.

Where: 1 Mount Shark Road, 36km south of Canmore

ATHABASCA ICE CAVES

 

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This winter, lace up for one of the most magical winter experiences of your life. Located along the Columbia icefields this one-of-a-kind spot is an iconic tourist destination – and just looking at the photo’s it’s pretty clear why. Surrounded by rich blue ice, the Athabasca caves are a sight to behold, and super-duper romantic.

Where: Directions here

JASPER PLANETARIUM

 

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This winter, the coziest place to be is under a blanket of stars at the Jasper Planetarium. Here, guests will join one of their astronomy guides for an in-depth exploration of constellations, meteors, and matter then, wander the beautiful grounds of the world’s largest accessible astronomy park, hear stories, and take a guided binocular tour of the milky way.

Where: 1 Old Lodge Road, Jasper

ABRAHAM LAKE

Breathe in, lace up your skates, grab the hand of someone special and do a few laps on a sheet of Alberta’s most unique ice. Deep in the mountains, between snow-covered peaks, you’ll find Abraham Lake, a scientific anomaly, a hidden gem, and an Instagram dream.

Where:  Nordegg, Alberta – 35km southwest of Nordegg on Highway 11

MYSTIC SPRINGS 

 

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A lesser-known spot to dip your toes in the winter, Mystic Springs is located in Canmore and is far less busy than others in the area. An incredibly well-kept secret, guests who visit are able to relax in a quiet outdoor pool no matter the time of year in peace.

Where: 140 Kananaskis Way, Canmore

 MALIGNE CANYON

 

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There is no place like the Rockies and this winter you can experience the ice and snow as if it was the very first time! With the help of a professional guide, tour 30-metre high icy cave-like passages, majestic frozen waterfalls, and the frozen canyon floor. You’ll hardly believe your eyes!

Where: Directions here – Jasper National Park, AB

BAKER CREEK MOUNTAIN RESORT

Whether it’s the middle of the week or a Friday night escape – turn your cellphones off, and enjoy the simple life at Baker Creek Mountain Resort, an authentically Canadian place to really take in the beauty of the Rockies. Enjoy lantern-lit meals, go for walks or snowmobile rides, and cozy up next to each other fireside under the stars.

Where: Baker Creek Mountain Resort, P.O. Box 66, Lake Lo

NIKKA YUKO GARDEN

 

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Let us preface this by saying that the Nikka Yuko Gardens are incredibly special. If you’ve never been, let us assure you that it is one of the most beautiful places in not just Alberta, but all of North America, and every winter, though its best known for its flower gardens, guests can wander through their stunning winter display of magic, lanterns and lights. Don’t miss it!

Where: Corner of 9th Ave S &, Mayor Magrath Dr. S, Lethbridge

And there you have it folks, 8 of the best, hidden winter gems in Alberta. Now bundle up and get out there, friends! Let’s make 2021 special!